Here's how to remove painted woodwork for refinishing. Score the paint with a utility knife to prevent splitting the wood. Gently begin to separate the wood using a dull chisel or flat bar. Then use a stiff putty knife and a prybar to remove the woodwork. Keep the putty knife behind the prybar as you work to avoid marking or denting the wood. Proceed carefully to remove the whole piece.
Narrowing your search for the perfect home can be a little easier if you start with a few neighborhoods and work your way out. Keep in mind access to shopping, schools and your more travelled routes.